Katherine Center’s latest women’s fiction release, How to Walk Away, wonderfully walks the fine line between uplifting and bittersweet. The story’s main character, Margaret Jacobsen, has everything she’s ever wanted in life, in love, and in work on Valentine’s Day ... until a terrible accident lands her in the hospital without any remnants of her bright future. As she is forced to confront her new normal, she faces both heartbreak and triumph in relationships and, ultimately, in how to move on, when the perfect life she’s always envisioned no longer seems possible. Secondary characters come delightfully to life through the eyes of Margaret, and readers will find themselves fully invested in this story. How to Walk Away is perfect for those who want a quick, engaging and emotional read.
Raela Schoenherr is an editor at a Minnesota publishing company. She loves to talk books and writing on Twitter at @raelaschoenherr.
For a September wine, I’ve chosen an excellent rosé. As we hang on to the end of summer and transition to fall, it’s still a great time of year to sit outside with a nice bottle of wine. Provence rosé is great for enjoying on its own; this region is beloved for world-class rosé made from predominantly Grenache, Cinsault and Mouvedre grapes. Palm rosé from Chateau L’Escarelle is one of my favorites. Crisp, fruity (but very dry) and full of acidity, this is made to enjoy now. And remember—there is still a perception out there that rosé must be sweet, but it’s actually a great wine for red wine lovers who enjoy dry reds. This one has a creamy texture with red berry fruit, and great minerality, since there’s no oak aging here. $14.99.
Kevin Castellano is the general manager of Wayzata Wine and Spirits and a lake-area wine and liquor expert.
Beyondless, the fourth album from Danish rockers Iceage, is the latest chapter of Nick Cave-esque experiments in the band’s ten-year tenure. Spunky nihilists wielding a grunge-bomb of angst, the group would have fit quite well on a bill at CBGB, sandwiched between Television and Sonic Youth. Iceage have released an album that achieves what many have attempted: a rare balance of beauty and sheer chaos. Often, the imperfect becomes perfect, as displayed in the undulating tempo in “Under the Sun.” They also manage to incorporate frequent horn appearances (“Pain Killer”) without sounding contrived. Often labeled as post-punk, they mask emotion with attitude and pull no punches. Iggy Pop called Iceage the only current punk band “that sounds really dangerous.” Agreed.
Sean Schultz is a lifelong musician who enjoys consuming popular culture. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, new baby daughter and two dogs.
Read, Drink, Listen: September 2018